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At PSU, there is one Institutional Review Board (IRB) authorized under an Assurance approved by the Department of Health and Human Services to review and to approve research involving human participants. The IRB at PSU is standing committee responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of people who are participants  in PSU research activities.

All PSU research activities proposing to involve human participants must be reviewed and receive written, unconditional approval from the IRB before commencing. This policy applies to all research activities sponsored by PSU; conducted by or under the direction of any employee, student, or agent of PSU in connection with his or her PSU responsibilities; conducted by or under the direction of any employee, student, or agent of PSU involving the use of any PSU property or facility; or, conducted by or involving any individual or institution working with PSU as part of a collaboration, subgrant, or subcontract.

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PEOPLE FIRST: The Presidency of Sara Jayne Steen

In her introductory remarks for her first Faculty Day on August 23, 2006, President Steen said, “PSU’s future is something we’ll shape together.” What follows are just some of the many initiatives launched and nurtured during her presidency, as told by the people who worked with her to shape them.

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Beyond Granite: The Museum of the White Mountains Takes on STEM

As American students and workers fall behind their counterparts around the world in the science and technology fields, educators and policy makers have stressed the importance of strengthening our attention to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Exhibition curator Sarah Garlick writes about the connections between earth science, adventure, and the process of learning STEM in […]

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Student Spotlight: Mae Williams ’14G A Twenty-first-century Preservationist

When Mae Williams ’14G enrolled in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program in the fall of 2012, she was drawn to the strength of a program in which, she says, “The professors are not academics locked away amidst a pile of books, but are actually out in the field on a daily basis, […]